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24 Oct 2019
National Anti-Trafficking Coordinators and Rapporteurs from 42 countries across the Council and Europe and OSCE region, met on 22–23 October 2019, to discuss, among other things, the protection of child victims. Valiant Richey, OSCE Special...
09 Oct 2019
The Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has acknowledged Switzerland's progress on identification and protection of human trafficking victims, but at the same time called for further measures to tackle the...
27 Sep 2019
Strict laws on child pornography are in force in Italy. For taking inappropriate photos of her children at just three years and 18 months old, their mother was sentenced to three years in prison. Police have closed with a complaint against the...
26 Sep 2019
According to the ILO, some 40 million people are victims of slavery (70% of whom are women): 25 million people in forced labour, and 15 million in forced marriage. Recently, 165 suspected victims of slavery from Bulgaria were discovered working for...
09 Sep 2019
Projekt Maramures is accused of using German teens for slave labour, rather than providing them with ‘re-education’, all at a huge cost to the state. The project's managers deny all claims of abuse and exploitation. Five individuals were arrested...
23 Aug 2019
A study by the WORLD Policy Analysis Center (WORLD), at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, analysed the national legislation on child labour of all United Nations Member States. The findings, published on 23 August 2019 in the International...
20 Aug 2019
According to recent estimates, more than 15,000 minors are trafficked into Europe every year as part of a growing phenomenon of football player migration and trafficking, says Ini-Obong Nkang, a doctoral researcher in Sports Law at Nottingham Trent...
12 Aug 2019
In a press release, the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation, or Europol, announced the results of a European-wide joint operation against the trafficking of minors for sexual exploitation, forced begging, and labour exploitation....
30 Jul 2019
Europol, the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation, launched a new task force to tackle criminal networks operating in migrant smuggling and trafficking of human beings. The newly implemented operational platform is called the Joint...
26 Jul 2019
In its recent report, the United Nations Human Rights Committee has called on the Netherlands to strengthen investigation efforts concerning the whereabouts of 1,600 child asylum-seekers who disappeared from refugee centres in the last four and a...

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